SUSTAINABLE NATION LAUNCHES €1M ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME, 2° PLATFORM

The ‘2° Platform’ will help turn Ireland’s smartest sustainability and low-carbon ideas and products into commercial reality.

Sustainable Nation Ireland, the body promoting Ireland as a hub for sustainable business, innovation and investment, has today launched a new €1m programme for Irish businesses to support and develop ideas and innovations that help preserve our scarce natural resources.
A dedicated initiative called the ‘2° Platform’ will help turn the smartest sustainability and low-carbon ideas and solutions into commercial reality, through a number of structured programmes. “2° (two degrees) refers to the stated global aim to limit future temperature increases to just 2° (Celsius), if agreed carbon reduction targets are met.”

Sustainable Nation has established the 2° Platform for companies developing resource-efficiency solutions, to help build Ireland as a hub for low carbon and clean technology innovation. Some of the latest exciting ideas in global sustainability have come from Irish firms as they seize a slice of an €85 trillion opportunity to transform the world’s economy to a low-carbon model. The low-carbon model is not just about clean energy; it includes efficiency in food production, access to water and urban population growth.

The ‘2° Platform’ will support businesses in a structured manner; helping them to develop resource-efficiency solutions. Businesses will be invited to join the platform by Sustainable Nation. It will help them to connect all aspects of the sustainability ecosystem from the entrepreneur to the market/buyer, to create a pipeline of homegrown low-carbon products and services with global impact.

Sustainable Nation collaborates with Europe’s Climate-KIC and Sustainability Skillnet, initiatives which bring world-class resources, insights, skills, research and opportunities to Irish businesses and entrepreneurs. Sustainable Nation provides a gateway to the global sustainability eco-system. Our work is designed to benefit Irish startups, existing firms and larger brands by connecting them with a dynamic, thriving, innovating network.

Speaking after a breakfast briefing in Dublin today for over 100 business leaders, Sustainable Nation Ireland director Aideen O’Hora commented: “Almost 200 world governments asked the private sector to partner with them to achieve the 2°C, or less, target after the climate change talks in Paris last December and Irish companies are well-placed to respond. “I’m delighted that we can provide 2°Platform, which brings together resources, knowledge, insights and partnerships, focused on responding to this call to arms. Ireland is developing service and finance solutions in the sustainability sector, and becoming leader and educator in how these solutions are implemented globally.”

In becoming part of ‘2° Platform’, firms can access resources including but not limited to:

• Climate-KIC resources, including ClimateLaunchpad and Accelerator Programme
• A Sustainability Skillnet programme called 2° Catalyst
• Global Cleantech Cluster Association Award (GGCA) nominations

Wayne Byrne, CEO of OxyMem, a University College Dublin (UCD) spinout and Irish cleantech company (listed in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100) who have been commercialising an innovative solution to reduce costs for wastewater treatment, said: “Developing a new company is exciting, especially in the emerging sustainability market. “Our success is dependent on many factors, such as access to networks and finance. Collaborating with Sustainable Nation through their 2° Platform, and accessing their global network has opened up opportunities which are invaluable. Irish companies are recognised as leaders in the sustainability and low-carbon sector and we should actively engage with Sustainable Nation to strengthen our ecosystem, and promote our successes.”

Pic: Wayne Byrne, CEO OxyMem; Austin Coughlan, Irish Strategic Investment Forum; Fintan Whelan, Chairman 2 degree Platform Programme; Aideen O’Hora, Director Sustainable Nation; and Elliott Griffen, CEO BVP Investments

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